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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Quixin

Generic Name: levofloxacin ophthalmic (Pronunciation: leev oh FLOX a sin off THAL mik)

What is levofloxacin ophthalmic (Quixin)?

Levofloxacin is in a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (flor-o-KWIN-o-lones). Levofloxacin fights bacteria in the body.

Levofloxacin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Levofloxacin ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of levofloxacin ophthalmic (Quixin)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • drainage or crusting of your eye;
  • severe eye irritation after using the eye drops;
  • feeling like there is something in your eye;
  • vision problems, increased light sensitivity;
  • eye redness or swelling; or
  • fever, or any signs of a new infection.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about levofloxacin ophthalmic (Quixin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to levofloxacin or a similar antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), and others.

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Serious side effects of levofloxacin ophthalmic may include eye drainage or crusting, severe eye irritation, feeling like there is something in your eye, vision problems, increased light sensitivity, eye redness or swelling, or any signs of new infection.

Keep using this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using levofloxacin ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

You should not wear contact lenses while you still have active symptoms of the eye infection you are treating.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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